Home away from home
Although camp is a time to develop
new skills, have fun, gain
independence, and experience
new wonders, the camping experience
is also one of the fi rst times that many
children will be away from home for
an extended period.
In order to lead a more happy and
productive camp life, children need
to develop a positive self-image, the
feeling that “I am somebody,” before
they go to the fi rst day of camp, and
that’s your job as the parent.
The following ideas can help foster
self-esteem in children:
Level with children. Don’t talk
down to a young person; instead, put
yourself at eye level with a child. It can
often minimize a problem, as well as
make the child feel equal.
Let children make decisions. For
example, early participation in health
care decisions such as, “Do you want
liquid medicine or tablets?” lessens a
child’s feeling of powerlessness, and
can foster an intelligent consumer
attitude in children.
Value rules. The purpose of
rules is to help people get along with
each other and, in turn, feel good
Sit down and talk with your child, making sure to listen and let him voice his feelings.
about themselves. The best rules are
written during calm times with the
participation of the child.
Show the child you understand.
Share your childhood memories.
Children need to know that their
parents had trouble learning things,
too. By showing understanding, you
will help your child become more
Develop your own self-esteem.
Parents need to feel valued and selfconfi
dent before they can help their
children develop self-esteem. Parents
should try to show their children that
they don’t have to have it all together all
the time to feel good about themselves.
Children need to feel that
they are special in and outside of
camp. Parents have the advantage
at home, because they can tailor the
environment to what the child needs
and wants. The following activities will
help create some memorable one-onone
times between a parent and child:
• Keep a notepad ready to jot down
ideas of special things to do with each
of your children.
• Take your young child to the
grocery store. Talk about prices, and
let him pick out one thing to buy.
• Help your child make a scrapbook
of a trip or something that he enjoys.
• Save the child’s drawings and
colorful paintings and use them in
• Sit with your child and discuss
how you and he can make this day or
this weekend better. Focus on your
child’s strengths, not weaknesses.
BEST YOUTH LEAGUE
2019 REGISTRATION2019 REGISTRATION
The League that feels all children
should be playing and having fun
We accept 4 though 17
We also offer girls softball
To register your child from
the comfort of your home and
for additional information
Located on a sprawling former estate in Brookville, NY, LuHi Summer Programs has
been the summer home and camp of choice for thousands of Long Island students for
Offering over 30 programs in four 2-week sessions LuHi has something for everyone.
Programs are offered for PreK through high school. Each 2-week session provides
the opportunity for families to customize their needs. Professionals in their specific
field direct each LuHi program. Programs run daily, Monday through Friday, from 9:30
am to 3:45 pm. Students arrive between 9:00 and 9:25. Buses leave our campus at
approximately 4:15. Sign up for one, two, three, or all four sessions. Door to door
transportation is included in the tuition fee of our programs for those who wish to
Try the Nature and Outdoor Discovery program; so popular last year it’s sure to
be an early close out! The perfect camp for active kids who enjoy the great outdoors.
Activities may include hiking, fishing, archery, crabbing, camping/survival skills,
zip-lining, & other adventures. There are many other great programs offered as well.
Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, Dance, Robotics and Engineering; just to name a
few. Check the website: LuHiSummerCamps.org for a complete listing of all programs
Open House dates Sunday, March 10th and April 28th. noon to 2pm. Come meet the
Directors and see the facility. Take advantage of open house specials and enter to win
a free session of camp.
Give your child a summer to remember!
Building Friendships that Last a Lifetime
Learn more at www.luhisummercamps.org
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